By Ayub Nyongesa
Gor Mahia players boycotted training earlier yesterday as it has been a norm ahead of continental matches this season. Zambian side Napsa Stars arrived in the country on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup playoff.
Players’ strikes have been the order of the day for the 19th -time league champions this season and Wednesday was no different as the players failed to turn up for training at the Camp Toyoyo grounds demanding two months salary arrears.
Gor players went on strike before their Caf Champions League preliminary round tie against Rwanda’s APR, a contest they eventually won 4-3 on aggregate.
The same situation was witnessed before their trip to Algeria to face CR Belouizdad in the first round of the same competition.
They were thrashed 8-1 on aggregate and missed out on the group stages of the prestigious competition, dropping to the Confederation Cup playoffs.
The players are accusing the management of reneging on a promise to pay them immediately after Sunday’s scoreless ‘Mashemeji’ Derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards.
Gor Mahia now are in an unusual sixth position on the Football Kenya Federation Premier League log with 16 points from nine matches whereas Napsa have amassed 18 points and are 13th from 16 games played so far in the Zambian Super League.